The Daily B

Storytelling and Misadventures

June 25, 2019

Update: Changing the conversation about women

Several months ago, I told you about PRI's initiative, Across Women's Lives. I was asked along with a select group of women writers to partner with PRI and SheKnows Media to share news stories about women worldwide. The goal: To change the sobering statistic pictured...

June 25, 2019

How to be a successful writer

About twice a week someone asks me a variation of the same question: "How do you find the discipline to write?" Sometimes it's more like, "Oh, I've always wanted to be a writer! How do you do it?" The short answer is that this is my career. How...

June 25, 2019

half marathon playlist 2015

Running season is here again, which means it's time for a new half marathon playlist. This year I'm hoping to clock some faster times, so I opted for more upbeat music than in past years. Did I miss any of your favorites? Share in the comments. For...

June 25, 2019

a few thoughts on burying your goldfish

There are parenting moments you prepare for. You read books, talk with other parents, research and form opinions. Breastfeeding. Potty training. Screen time. Discipline. Helicopter vs. free-range. Even before you hold your first child, you think about these things. Then, there are other moments also common...

June 25, 2019

peach pickers

The tradition: The day after school lets out we make a trip to the peach orchard. This year, I underestimated the kids' reach and ability to pick peaches quickly. The result? In less than 30 minutes, they'd picked 29 pounds. We have a lot of work ahead...

June 25, 2019

The Patchwork Mother

I'm re-posting an essay I wrote a few years ago for Mama Moderne. It's as true today as it was then, and some recent face-to-face conversations with friends made me realize how many women have complicated relationships with their mothers, and how many have wrapped...